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iGuidance 2011 POI Fast Food not showing the major chains in Canada
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Have iGuidance 2011

Went on a road trip this weekend wanted to find Wendy's or McDonalds or Subways etc etc. Basically the fast food section was blank. How do you look up POIs properly?

I tried Restaurants, Fast Food, then City. Blank.

How do you look up popular coffee shops for example like Tim Hortons?
tcassidy
Unfortunately the POI coverage in Canada is pretty poor. Nothing you can do but add your own to the favourites section.

Terry
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
Unfortunately the POI coverage in Canada is pretty poor. Nothing you can do but add your own to the favourites section.

Terry
Thanks Terry, do you know if you can import that information via an external file if not, what software can you recommend to look at that would give me a map of where the major fast food chains are located or accept imports from other websites of collected data?

My iPhone is pretty good at this, but want my carputer to do it as well. I like iGuidance, but need something to use if I need to eat or sleep on my way to the race tracks in the Ontario region.
tcassidy
You might want to download a trial of Streets & Trips 2011. There is a huge POI file available separately here but I don't know if it contains Tim Horton's or MacDonalds. The program is not particularly Car PC friendly as it wastes a lot of valuable screen real estate.

I would recommend Garmin Mobile PC as a flexible alternative, but it is no longer available.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
I actually happen to like the restaurant POIs in iGuidance, the way they are organized into so many categories (35 cattegories, if I recall correctly), so one can easily find the Thai, Indian, Filipino, Mexican, or pretty much any other ethnic restaurant you may happen to be interested in at the moment. I did use iGuidance to search for the nearest fast food restaurant, too, but it might have been mostly in and around large cities, and I'm not too picky. I think I recall the database of Tim Hortons stores was rather slim in past versions.

I'm pretty sure you cannot add your own locations as "POIs", all you can do I think is to add your own "Favorites", and that may not do exactly what you need.
tcassidy
Good points Marvin. Can't be that hard to find a MacDonalds or Tim Horton anyway as they are on every corner!

Terry
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Maybe in large towns and cities, but this is not the case in small towns. Sometimes they are located on a single Main Street, and is not obvious from the 2-5 different exits on the highway. As you said, the coverage is poor, and the people out there are trying to improve it by creating lists of POIs. In smaller towns, the list of various types of cuisines are much shorter or blank to the wide choices do not really apply.

Not very pleased with iGuidance which I have seen this question asked since I first starting building carPCs in 2003. I don't get why they will not allow an external file of POIs to be imported, there are whole websites dedicated to collecting, building and sharing POIs.

I agree Streets and Trips is not very screen area friendly. Guess I will continue to use my iPhone until there is an interface for it on small car LCD screens. This has already been released, but is not ready from prime time yet in my opinion.

iGuidance, you better wake up and get more competitive in the POI area like other mfgs have.
tcassidy
I guess the comment might have been-off handed due to my lack of interest in either of those ubiquitous food vendors.

iGuidance and other companies producing navigation software seemed to have lost interest in the laptop field probably due to a diminishing profit return. This is mainly due to smartphones and PNDs. I wouldn't expect this situation to improve any time soon!

Terry
-zip-
Yeah that makes sense. Oh well, iPhone it is then.
malaki86
Take a look at CoPilot v8. It has a GREAT POI database, as well as the ability to import your own in bulk (with their own categories, if you want).
-zip-
Thanks Malaki, I'll check it out!
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